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La Petite Boutique, 15thC stone cottage in medieval town, LOIRE VALLEY

Bedrooms 2
Space 936 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

self catering 2 bedrooms sleeps 5 in the Loire Valley (minimum 2 nights)

This charming traditional character cottage has been lovingly renovated to provide you with comfortable accommodation. It is well equiped with comfortable furnishings and bedding. There are 2 romantic bedrooms, one of which has the original baked tiled floor & views over the ancient roof tops of the medieval market town. Being situated in the heart of la cité mediévale, this accommodation offers holidays for those wishing to immerse themselves into the french rural, pace and way of life. It is ideal for couples and families, for holidays, mini breaks, stop overs. The cottage is within easy reach of local markets which sell fresh, traditional produce. St.Aignan's restaurants, shops, river, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, are 5 mins walk. You are centrally placed to explore the regions chateaux, the famous Beauval Zoo and its pandas, music festivals, swimming, rambling, horse riding, canoe, cycling, fishing, wine tasting, gastronomy, troglodyte caves & Paris by TGV. Optional Services: cleaning, groceries, tour guide...

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

Why Jane chose Saint-Aignan

Le Petite Boutique is a house full of history and character, and the town of St Aignan is full of cultural and historic features well worth a visit.

The area is also home to International festivals such as Bd boum, Rendez vous de l'histoire, Jazz in Cheverny and Montlouis, Classical Music festivals at Chambord and Pontlevoy, Equestrian events at Lamotte Beuvron.

What makes this cottage unique

This house is a medieval village store that has been converted keeping many original features, illustrated in a couple of photos on the walls.

The living room, which is the first room you walk into, has cosy, rounded walls.. There are dog footprints cast into the red quarry tiles...

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just enjoyed a week at this comfortable & nicely furnished town house. It's well situated for visiting chateaux & coutryside alike & it's location in the town square made shopping for provisions very easy. The owner is a delightful & very helpful person. Many thanks, Eddie, Felicity & Annabelle
Sep 2012
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Saint-Aignan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 936 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • There is a hair dryer for your use.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • The bedrooms are light, airy & comfortably furnished with antique style furniture & bed heads. The first floor bedroom has exposed beams. The top bedroom is in the eaves with exposed beams, the original tomette tile flooring, an antique wash basin & views over the ancient roof tops of the town. Duvets and pillows are provided & are low allergen.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
La Petite Boutique's living room has two comfortable settees, coffee tables, a flat sceen TV and is light and airy with exposed beams. The dining area has a wood and iron table and chairs. The kitchen is well equiped with gas hob and extractor fan, electric oven, toaster, kettle, Bodum coffee maker and a full range of crockery, glass ware, eating and cooking utensils. There is also a cellar leading off from the kitchen. Baby's cot and high chair are available. Linen and towels are provided. A cleaning service may be arranged for the end of your stay. If you choose not to use the cleaning service then the gite should be left as you would expect to find it ie: clean and tidy. Cleaning products are available. Please discuss the linen, cleaning service, grocery shopping and any other requests or special needs with the property owner.


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La Petite Boutique, 15thC stone cottage in medieval town, LOIRE VALLEY
average rating of 4.7260275 based on 74 reviews
Central Coast, NSW, Australia

An abundance of French charm

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed for three weeks in this charming and well-equipped gite in September 2008. We hired a car and used St Aignan as the base for trips to explore the Loire Valley - especially the chateaux.

The owner was always generous (and prompt) with advice and information, and welcoming and warm while we were there. Everything in the gite was as described on the website - only, if anything, more charming in reality.

The gite being right on the old town square - the Place de la Paix (Place of Peace - and it was!) meant that we were immersed in the spirit of the place all the time. The buildings surrounding the square include dwellings, a restaurant/bar, a pizza restaurant and a few other shops. Most of the week, the square is used as a carpark but on Saturday mornings it becomes a fresh food market with stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, seafood.

There is no garage with the gite but we found it no problem to park in the Place de la Paix for short stays, or in a larger carpark only a 2-3 minute walk away for longer stays.

Even though the feeling of the gite is village-ish - within a 2-3 minute walk, there are: several restaurants/bars, patisserie/ boulangerie, supermarket, chemists, newsagent, laundromat, library, hat and shoe shops, dress shops, bank, gift shops, butchers, bootmaker, etc. There's no wi-fi in the gite but you can access the web free in the library, and for a fee from the shop next door or the tourist info place (limited times though).

We enjoyed meals/drinks at all the local restaurants/bars we tried. But there were three experiences in St Aignan that were supreme highlights for me:

The restaurant Le Mange Grenouille (The Eating Frog). Even though their lunch special of set price two courses was great quality/value - choosing from their a la carte menu is something I would recommend most highly (their signature salad with scallops was delicate and superb).

La Petrie, the artisan patisserie/boulangerie, produces the best baguettes we have ever eaten anywhere. Works of art. In fact, some days I just wanted to eat their baguettes with butter (well, OK, maybe some local cheese too) and drink Loire wine and nothing else. In fact, I'd recommend doing this to save up for meals at Le Mange Grenouille!

Also special is a nearby hat shop run by two sisters who make some very original hats (I think it might be called Et Pat Et Moi but I'm not sure).

Most highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2009
  • Stayed: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "La Petite Boutique" and St Aignan is exactly as described by this review. It is a place where you become part of this small town, where you live the french way and take home memories of the spectacular Loire Valley.
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Great location, pretty old town on the Cher and comfortable stay!

  • 4 of 5

We've had a good week and for sure St Aignan has proven to be a central location for exploring this part of the Loire-Cher region. The town and the gite have had all we needed - watching the market set up this morning- literally on the doorstep - and then listening to locals meeting, greeting and doing their shopping has been a great way to end our stay. As everyone else who has stayed here has commented, the boulangerie/patisserie just around the corner is exceptional!

We ate dinner in the town at Le Huit. The daily menu at 23 euros for 3 courses was a bargain for a delicious meal.

We've been out and about each day, lots of chateaux visiting (of course) - Chenonceau, Chambord, Villandy and Clos Luce all recommended. Amboise and Tours both have lovely mediaeval squares and buildings, but we recommend taking the train to Tours, parking for free at Noyer sur Cher. The Abbey at Fontevraud is a bit of a drive but worth it to pay respects to Richard the Lionheart and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.

The weather has been kind for the time of the year, but much of the tourist activities (apart from visiting the chateaux themselves) have come to an end.

We return home reluctantly, but with great memories of our time here.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very pretty traditional French house

  • 4 of 5

The house is well equipped. Situated centrally for local restaurants, shops and bars. ST Aignan-Sur-Cher is a delightful town on the banks of the Cher. There are several good restaurants in the town and we ate at most of them. Not one bad meal which is a bonus. The town is perfect for traveling to the many chateaux along the Cher and surrounding areas.

Highlights were the Zoo Parc at Beauval 10 minutes from the Town. Allow a full day as there is so very much to see and do. Amboise, the Chateau Royal and the home of Leonardo da Vinci, Montresor Chateau and the riverboat tour under Chateaux Chenonceaux. No shortage of things to do, just time to do it all.

The only down side was the bed and bedding at the house. It was 40 degrees and the mattress protector was plastic, the fitted sheet didn't and there was a warning that using other bedding would result in a charge.

There was a curtain in the bathroom which finished about a foot above the bottom of the window which was next to the toilet and opening to a restaurant next door. Nothing worse than someone catching your eye at that moment.

Other than that the sofas were comfy, there is a washing machine and dishwasher which is handy. There was a welcoming bottle of wine. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We did have some exceptionally hot weather, so bought fans for each room, and closing the shutters each day keeps the house cool. We do like to keep the mattresses clean and new with cotton-sided impermeable protection, it is such a shame you never contacted me because of course we are at your disposal to provide different bedding if you need to change it. The replacement blinds are now installed in the bathroom. I'm glad you enjoyed the zoo, the "Equestrian Show" at Chambord, and Semblançay and Valençay sound and light shows are worth a visit.
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Perfect home in a perfect village

  • 5 of 5

La PetiteBoutique's position on the village square in the picture postcard village of St Aignan is ideal. It is a quintessential beautiful French village. We had 2 of our grandchildren with us and felt completely safe sending them off in the morning to buy fresh croissants at the nearby baker.

Jane met us on our arrival, and made us feel very welcome. She has very cleverly renovated her lovely cottage,to provide comfort and style.

We had everything we could need, and everything was scrupulously clean and well maintained.

Thanks Jane we would love to come again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint town and great setting

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying at La Petite Boutique. The property was quite unique and it suited our purposes very well. We enjoyed being right on the little square and the property was close to most of the chateaus and other sites we wished to visit including a trip to the Vouvray wine caves which was a very interesting side light. The town was beautiful with the river running by on the northern side and the parking around the town was easy to access. All in all a very good time and we would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You did so much in the short time you stayed! There's so much to see, and a lot of other wines to try ... Montlouis whites (opposite Vouvray) Chinon and Bourgueil reds.... I hope time you'll come and visit us at the farm too.
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week - all I can say is awesome owner, awesome location, awesome cottage. If you want a taste of "real" France and town life, with a good base to explore the surrounding area - you won't go wrong here. Thank you again Jane - we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it was great meeting you, do come back soon, there's plenty more to see in the area!!
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Tours (Orly 2h)
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Le Lapin Blanc
Nearest Ferry
318 Kilometres
Caen or Le Havre
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
St. Aignan/Noyers Sur Cher
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
L'Amarena Bacchus
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Montrichard, St Aignan swimming pool 500m
Car: recommended

The Loire Valley is the perfect example of how humans throughout time have learned to live alongside the last untamed river in Europe. The area is on the World Heritage List. St.Aignan is a small medieval town, well preserved, comprising of clusters of houses below a huge Romanesque collegiate church with its 12th century frescoes & 16th century private chateau. The town lends itself to aimless wandering through cobbled streets & alleys.You have easy access to popular ancient & historical towns. The river offers fishing, boat trips, swimming, canoeing & Jet Ski tuition. For ramblers, there are many marked pathways. Places of interest are Troglodyte Houses, world famous Beauval Zoo, Leonardo de Vinci house. Paris is an hour on the TGV making a day trip possible. For more activities there is carting, golf, 4x4 off road, rally cross, horse riding, cycling etc. The famous garden exhibits of Chaumont & Villandry, the chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord, to name a few, are all within easy reach

Other Activities: Canoeing, jet ski, Beauval zoo, hot air ballooning, underground town, mushroom caves.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates


Please note that 20 euros bank charges are added for payments from foreign banks.
There is the possibility of a cleaning option for 30 euros
Electricity is included up to 10 Kwh/day, and gas up to 10 gas units per day (which is average normal consumption) excess will be charged. PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me for individual pricing, other currency payments and special offers.
Merci de me contacter pour un devis sur mesure et des promotions ponctuelles.
Taxe de séjour, 0.65€/personne +12 ans est inclus

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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